Celebrating 100% participation in the Annual Fund!
Thank you to our amazing families and parents for your participation and thank you to the Heritage House for the delicious cookies!
It's the SCOOP for January 30, 2020
Your weekly news from Santa Barbara Middle School
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
SAFETY REMINDER ABOUT APS
Do not drop off or pick up your child on Alameda Padre Serra. This creates a very dangerous situation as it narrows the lanes for fast-moving traffic and causes a visual distraction on an already busy street. SBMS operates under a Conditional Use Permit whereby we are required to have all students dropped off and picked up in our lower lot. We appreciate your help in complying with this requirement.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR RETURNING FAMILIES
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2020: Enrollment Agreement will be sent via the Hub, in the same way you've signed forms in the past.
  • Friday, February 21, 2020: The signed Enrollment Agreement in the Hub and deposit payment in Smart Tuition are due. In order to hold your child's seat for next year as well as accept financial aid awards, we must receive the signed agreement and deposit by the due date. This includes 8th grade students who may not be returning but want to hold a place.
SAVE THE DATE
9TH GRADE SHAKESPEARE NIGHT
On February 10 , from 7pm-9pm , the 9th grade will be putting on their production of William Shakespeare's  Macbeth .

6TH & 7TH GRADE ACADEMIC FAIR
On February 11 , from 6pm-8pm , the 6th and 7th grade will be hosting their Academics Fair. What will you get to see? In the photo to the right, students are working on Kiva Loan recipient slide shows to share with you!

MOVIE NIGHT!
This upcoming Monday night, February 3, 9th grade is hosting a PJ movie night for all students! Come watch Ghostbusters in Lotus at 7pm. Popcorn and candy included with your $10 ticket. (Tickets will be on sale during Diamond Time, snack time and lunch.)

FROM THE DELI
We are looking for one more volunteer to join the deli on Friday at snack time. Here is the link for the sign-up sheet if you think you are able to help!

6TH GRADE FRIDAY TREK
6th grade hike up Rattlesnake Canyon - return to SBMS by 5:30pm on Friday. Remember to pack a snack, water bottle, and wear hiking boots!
THE WEEK AHEAD

Monday, Feb. 3
No Diamond Time this morning

PJ Movie Night in Lotus at 7pm, screening Ghost Busters

Tuesday, Feb. 4
7pm PA Meeting in Lotus

Wednesday, Feb. 5
6th Grade Mom's Happy Hour at Pearl Social starting at 5:30pm.

Thursday, Feb. 6
N/A

Friday, Feb. 7
6:45am Sunrise Swim: Sign up to bring coffee and donuts here.
ATHLETICS

Q3 Elective game schedule
to come shortly.
SUNRISE SWIM REMINDER
Friday, January 31 at 6:45am
Thank you to our coffee and donut angels Brian Sperling and Ada Heckes!

We are in need of coffee and donuts for 2020 sunrise swims. Please pick a week to bring goodies in the link below:
Temperature: 50 °

Water Temperature: 60°

Wind: NE 2 mph

Weather: Partly Cloudy
COMMUNITY & EVENTS
COMMUNITY ACTION  has been out and about working hard to raise funds for   Cycling Without Age   — bringing adventure, fresh air and companionship to our elderly friends on the seat of the bike. We want to get them on an open-air bike ride! 

How can you contribute? Bake sales on Wednesdays! Sign up for our Pickleball or Backgammon Tournaments! Buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win a Valentine’s Day basket or goodies or a healthy basketful of candy! 

6TH GRADE MOM'S HAPPY HOUR
The sixth grade mothers will be meeting for a happy hour on Wednesday, February 5, 5:30pm at Pearl Social. Stop by and share a drink and good conversation. (Not hosted by SBMS)

BOOK CLUB
Our next book club meeting will be on Thursday, March 5, at 8:30am in the Library. We're reading The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani and would love for you to join us!

MID-YEAR TRIP GEAR
As you buy trip gear for March Expeditions, please be sure to put your name on it so it does not end up in Dorkage. Thank you for planning ahead!

SCREENAGERS THE NEXT CHAPTER
Dos Pueblos High School is proud to host a free screening of the award-winning documentary Screenagers on Tuesday, February 4 at 6:30 in the Elings Performing Arts Center. The film examines the science behind teens' emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. Check out the flyer here .
BIKE FOR SALE
Specialized Stump Jumper Expert for sale. Dual shock; 26 inch; aluminum alloy; excellent condition; fast and light. Well maintained and just checked out and tuned up.
 
This bike was $2600 new in 2007 as a top-of-the-line MT bike. It was originally sold to Victor for $1300 in 2010 and he is now selling it for $600. Victor is 5’9” and the frame fits perfectly so it should fit 5’7”- 5’11” and you can ask Bruce at Hazards if he can fit the bike to you.
BIANCA'S BLURB

I received positive comments regarding last week's blurb about friendships and this week read an amazing article from  The Atlantic, The Outsize Influence of Your Middle-School Friends.   It's a great article that reinforces some key points about why making friends is so important and can be so challenging during adolescence. The article outlines issues posed in making friendships, emotional and mental wellbeing of friendless middle schoolers and other issues such as bullying, peer pressure, and social buffering. I encourage you all to read it! Here are a few quotes from the article that resonated with me:

  • "As they reach middle school, children drift away from the pure play of running in the yard at recess or building with Legos."
  • "If you want to know whether your child is going to be happy or miserable, confident or anxious, being a fly on the wall at lunch would probably tell you a lot."
  • "Most American students move from spending the bulk of the day in one classroom and with one set of classmates—a social bubble of sorts—to multiple classrooms and multiple new classmates. Their number of potential social possibilities swells. Children are entering a period of maximum concern over acceptance or rejection and over how they will be perceived."
  • "Over a period of three years, [a] team recruited 6,000 sixth graders from 26 different middle schools in Los Angeles and then followed each cohort. The study revealed that instability rules, at least at the beginning. Two-thirds of the children entering their first year of middle school changed friends between the fall and the spring.
  • "They gravitate to those with similar interests of the kind that begin to solidify in these years—soccer, theater, robotics. Similarities, as always, attract. Earlier friends often fall by the wayside."
  • "About 12 percent of the 6,000 sixth graders in Juvonen’s study were not named as a friend by anyone else. They had no one to sit with at lunch and no one to stick up for them when bullied. Of that group, boys outnumbered girls nearly two to one, and African American and Latino students were more likely to be friendless than white kids."

Read more here.
FROM THE PARENT ASSOCIATION

PA MEETINGS
Please join us on Tuesday, February 4 at 7pm for our next PA meeting. Steve Smith will be speaking to us on the Pressure Cooker related to after school activities, sports and homework. 

See you there!
ON THE HORIZON
Monday, Feb. 10: 7pm-9pm, 9th Grade Shakespeare Event
Tuesday, Feb. 11: 6pm-8pm 6 & 7th Grade Academic Fair
Thursday, Feb. 13 - Monday, Feb. 17: President's Holiday Weekend
Thursday, March, 5: Book Club at 8:30am in the Library
Tuesday, March 10: 6pm 8th Grade Humanities Night
Thursday, March 12: PA Parking Lot Coffee
Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20: March Expeditions
Monday, March 23 - Friday, April 3: Spring Break
Monday, April 6: Classes Resume!
Saturday, April 25: Songfest
Saturday, May 2: Spring Auction
Friday, May 8 - Saturday, May 9: Drama Performance
Friday, June 12: Rites of Passage
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